Co-operative Education

Bachelor of Business Administration - Human Resources

What kinds of work term opportunities may be available?

Co-op work terms are paid positions and Human Resources Co-op students may find themselves working in a wide variety of industries in positions such as:

  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Recruitment Coordinator
  • Learning and Development Coordinator
  • Pension and Benefits Administrator
  • Junior HR Analyst
  • Occupational Health and Safety Assistant

How do I prepare for my Co-op work term?

Eligibility Requirements

Students interested in pursuing Co-op will need to meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Submit the BBA Application to Co-operative Education by the deadline
  • Complete a minimum of 15 courses prior to the first work term
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0. Preference will be given to students with a GPA of 2.5
  • Successfully complete the following course requirements prior to each work term (prerequisite courses do not need to be completed prior to submitting a Co-op program application):

Co-op Work Term 1

Co-op Work Term 2

Co-op Work Term 3

  • ACCT 2121
  • HRES 2170
  • MGMT 2130*
  • MGMT 2262
  • MKTG 2150
  • One of HRES 3274 / 3275 / 3277 / 3278

Three additional
HRES major courses


Total of six
HRES major courses


  • Successfully complete the Orientation to Co-op preparation course prior to the first work term

*ENTR 2301 or SINV 2201 will also be accepted in place of MGMT 2130.

Students alternate academic semesters with work terms to a maximum of three 4-month Co-op work terms, and must finish their program on an academic semester. Co-op work terms may be combined to lengthen the time spent in the workplace. For example, students may combine Work Terms 1 and 2, or Work Terms 2 and 3, for back-to-back work terms. Students must meet the course requirements for the highest level work term in order to be eligible to complete back-to-back work terms.

Orientation to Co-operative Education course

Orientation to Co-op is a professional development course required in preparation for the first work term. This course prepares students to:

  • Complete a skills self-assessment
  • Write competitive, professional resumes and cover letters
  • Develop job interview skills
  • Network with employers
  • Conduct self-marketing campaigns
  • Understand and comply with workplace and employer expectations

The Orientation to Co-operative Education course is generally offered only in the Fall semester. Contact the Co-operative Education coordinator for more information.

What about expenses?

All work terms are paid opportunities. However, there are expenses associated with participating in a Co-operative Education program. By starting to plan now, you can be financially prepared for your work terms. Expenses include:

  • Both the Orientation to Co-operative Education course and the Co-op work terms are non-credit courses and have fees attached to them. See the 2019/20 Tuition and Fee Schedules for more information
  • You will be responsible for your own transportation to and from the work site and some work terms may require the use of a vehicle
  • If you accept a work term position outside of Calgary, you will be responsible for your own relocation and living expenses in that location